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The Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters in 1982. Left to Right: June Pointer, Anita Pointer and Ruth Pointer.
Background information
Also known as The Pointers - A Pair
Origin Oakland, California, United States
Genre(s) R&B, soul, pop, dance, rock, Jazz, country
Years active 1969 - present
Label(s) Atlantic
Blue Thumb
ABC
Planet
RCA
Motown
SBK
Members
Anita Pointer
Ruth Pointer
Issa Pointer
Former members
Bonnie Pointer
June Pointer

The Pointer Sisters are an American Grammy Award-winning Pop/R&B recording act from Oakland, California that achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. Spanning over three decades together, their repertoire has included diverse genres as pop music, R&B, jazz, bebop, country, soul, funk, dance, new wave and rock. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... album cover Pointer Sisters This is an album cover. ... June Pointer, as shown on the cover of her self-titled 1989 album June Antoinette Pointer Whitmore (November 30, 1953 — April 11, 2006) was an American vocalist best known for her work with The Pointer Sisters. ... Anita Pointer (born January 23, 1948 in Oakland, California) is an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter most notable for being one of the members of the superstar sister group The Pointer Sisters. ... Ruth Pointer (born March 19, 1946 in Oakland, California) is an American R&B singer, best known for being the eldest member of the legendary sister group, The Pointer Sisters. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Oakland redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For other article subjects named Jazz see jazz (disambiguation). ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Blue Thumb Records was an American record label founded in 1968 by Bob Krasnow, along with former A&M Records executives Tommy Lipuma and Don Graham. ... ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records, the recording arm of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City, hence mo(tor)town), from where it achieved widespread international success. ... SBK Records was a record label started in the late 1980s. ... Anita Pointer (born January 23, 1948 in Oakland, California) is an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter most notable for being one of the members of the superstar sister group The Pointer Sisters. ... Ruth Pointer (born March 19, 1946 in Oakland, California) is an American R&B singer, best known for being the eldest member of the legendary sister group, The Pointer Sisters. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Patricia Bonnie Pointer (born on July 11, 1951 in Oakland, California) is an American R&B and disco singer most notable for being the next-to-youngest member of the popular 1970s and 1980s family music group, The Pointer Sisters. ... June Pointer, as shown on the cover of her self-titled 1989 album June Antoinette Pointer Whitmore (November 30, 1953 — April 11, 2006) was an American vocalist best known for her work with The Pointer Sisters. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up pop in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Oakland redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... This article is about the genre of music, for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character see Bebop and Rocksteady. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... New Wave was a pop and rock music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ...


The group originally comprised three sisters when Anita joined her younger sisters Bonnie and June in 1969 after they had been performing as "Pointers, a Pair". The line-up became a quartet when eldest sister Ruth joined the group in 1972 before they recorded their debut album. They achieved their greatest commercial success later as a trio after Bonnie left the group to commence a solo career. Anita Pointer (born January 23, 1948 in Oakland, California) is an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter most notable for being one of the members of the superstar sister group The Pointer Sisters. ... Patricia Bonnie Pointer (born on July 11, 1951 in Oakland, California) is an American R&B and disco singer most notable for being the next-to-youngest member of the popular 1970s and 1980s family music group, The Pointer Sisters. ... June Pointer, as shown on the cover of her self-titled 1989 album June Antoinette Pointer Whitmore (November 30, 1953 — April 11, 2006) was an American vocalist best known for her work with The Pointer Sisters. ... Ruth Pointer (born March 19, 1946 in Oakland, California) is an American R&B singer, best known for being the eldest member of the legendary sister group, The Pointer Sisters. ...

Contents

History

Early days

As children the girls were encouraged to sing gospel music by their parents Reverend Elton and Mrs Sarah Pointer, but in their household they were told rock and roll and the blues were "the devil's music", and it was only when they were away from their watchful parents that they could sing these styles of music. They regularly sang at the church but as they grew older their love of other styles of music began to grow. When June brought home a copy of the Elvis Presley record All Shook Up, she was surprised that her mother allowed her to play it, until she discovered that her mother had been pacified by the "B" side of the Presley record "Crying in The Chapel". Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental musical form which evolved from African American spirituals, shouts, work songs and chants and has its earliest stylistic roots in West Africa. ... Elvis redirects here. ... All Shook Up is one of the many hit songs of Elvis Presley. ...


After leaving school it was Bonnie who sought a show business career, and she convinced June to join her to form a duo, "Pointers, A Pair". Shortly after this, Anita quit her job to join the group. They began touring and performing and provided backing vocals for such artists as Grace Slick, Sylvester James, Boz Scaggs and Elvin Bishop, and it was while supporting Bishop at a nightclub appearance that the sisters were signed to a recording deal with Atlantic Records in 1971. The resulting singles that came from their Atlantic tenure failed to win an audience but the sisters were enjoying themselves, and the temptation to join them finally overwhelmed Ruth. Before they began to record their first album, the trio had become a quartet, in which afterwards they signed with David Rubinson's Blue Thumb record label. Grace Slick (born Grace Barnett Wing on October 30, 1939) is an American singer and songwriter, who was one of the lead singers of the rock groups Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship, and as a solo artist, for nearly three decades, from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s. ... Sylvester James (September 6, 1948 – December 16, 1988) was an American disco and soul musician, and a gay drag performer. ... Boz Scaggs album cover Boz Scaggs (born William Royce Scaggs, June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. ... Elvin Bishop (born October 21, 1942) is an American blues and rock and roll musician and guitar player. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Blue Thumb Records was an American record label founded in 1968 by Bob Krasnow, along with former A&M Records executives Tommy Lipuma and Don Graham. ...


Upon signing, they agreed that they did not want to follow the current trend of pop music, but wanted to create an original sound that combined jazz, scat and be-bop music. In searching for a visual style they remembered the poverty of their childhood and their mother's ability to improvise, and used their experience to assemble a collection of vintage 1940s clothes from various thrift shops, that would comprise their costumes and give them the distinctive look they were searching for. For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... For other article subjects named Jazz see jazz (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bebop or bop is a form of jazz which uses a fast tempo and complex improvisational techniques. ...


In 1972, they were asked to record Pinball Number Count, a series of educational cartoons, teaching kids how to count. It made its debut on Sesame Street in 1977 and was a feature on Sesame Street for many years. Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pinball Number Count is a collective title referring to 11 one-minute animated segments on the popular PBS childrens series Sesame Street that teach children to count to 12 by following the journey of a pinball through a rather fanciful pinball machine. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


They made their debut performance at the Troubador nightclub in Los Angeles in May 1973 and the reaction from the crowd was enthusiastic. Shortly after they made their television debut on The Helen Reddy Show. A troubadour was a composer and performer of songs in particular styles during the Middle Ages in Europe. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... 2003 Greatest Hits compilation Helen Reddy (born October 25, 1941 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian pop singer and actor. ...


First success as recording artists

The Pointer Sisters on the cover of their debut album, which was released in 1973 and yielded the hit "Yes We Can Can".

Their self titled first album, was released in 1973 and received positive reviews, with the group being lauded for their versatility and originality. The first single from it, a funk cover of "Yes We Can Can", reached number 11 on the pop charts, and would go on to establish itself as an R&B classic. The Allen Toussaint penned song had been a small R&B hit for Lee Dorsey in 1970. The album's second single was a cover of Willie Dixon's Blues stomper "Wang Dang Doodle". It reached the R&B top 40 and the group's thrift shop style began to catch on with fans, many of whom would attend their shows in similar attire. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Pointer Sisters is the self-titled debut from the Pointer Sisters, released in 1973 on the Blue Thumb record label. ... Yes We Can Can is a 1973 funk classic recorded by the American R&B girl group Pointer Sisters and released on the Blue Thumb record label. ... The Pointer Sisters is the self-titled debut from the Pointer Sisters, released in 1973 on the Blue Thumb record label. ... Yes We Can Can is a 1973 funk classic recorded by the American R&B girl group Pointer Sisters and released on the Blue Thumb record label. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ...


The following year they released their second album titled That's a Plenty. It continued in the jazz and be-bop style of its predecessor but provided one exception that caused a great deal of interest. The song "Fairytale" written by Anita and Bonnie was a country song, and reached number 13 on the pop charts, and number 37 on the country charts. Based on this success the group was invited to Nashville, Tennessee where they achieved the rare distinction of becoming the first black female singers to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. In 1975 the group won a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Fairytale" , and Anita and Bonnie were nominated as songwriters for the Grammy Award for Best Country Song. The song would later be covered by acts such as Elvis Presley. Thats a Plenty was the second album released by Oakland family girl group the Pointer Sisters in 1974 on the Blue Thumb record label. ... Fairytale is a 1974 single released by the Pointer Sisters. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Nashville redirects here. ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ... // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... The Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal was first awarded in 1970. ... Fairytale is a 1974 single released by the Pointer Sisters. ... The Grammy Award for Best Country Song (sometimes known as the Country Songwriters Award) has been awarded since 1965. ... Elvis redirects here. ...


Their third album, and arguably best, was released in 1975. Steppin' produced their Grammy-nominated number one R&B single, "How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side)", which was later sampled by female rap icons Salt 'N' Pepa a decade later. They also scored another R&B hit from the album with "Going Down Slowly", a further Allen Toussaint cover, and in 1976 appeared in the classic blaxploitation film Car Wash. "You Gotta Believe" from the movie made the R&B top 20 in early 1977. Steppin is a 1975 album released by the Pointer Sisters on the Blue Thumb label. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side) is a funk classic released by American family girl group the Pointer Sisters, released as a single in 1975. ... RAP may mean: the IATA airport code for Rapid City Regional Airport Rassemblement pour lalternative progressiste, a Québecois political party. ... Salt, DJ Spinderella, and Pepa on the cover to their 1998 CD single, The Brick Track Verses Gitty Up Salt-N-Pepa is an American R&B and hip hop group, consisting of Cheryl James and Sandy Denton (Salt and Pepa, respectively), and Deidre Dee Dee Roper (DJ Spinderella). ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Shaft (1971) Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted the urban black audience; the word itself is a portmanteau of the words “black” and “exploitation. ... For other uses, see Car wash (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ...


Their last album as a quartet was the Jazz/Funk album Having a Party, released in 1977. Although a later favorite of the group's fan base, it sold poorly due to a lack of promotion from both ABC/Blue Thumb and the departing Sisters. It did feature the Bonnie led "Don't It Drive You Crazy" which would become a cult hit in the UK in the new millennium. Having a Party is a 1982 album from Swedish pop and country group Chips. ...


The quartet becomes a trio

The Pointer Sisters on the cover of their 1978 album, Energy, which revived their popularity with their cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire".

By 1977, both Bonnie and June had left the group. Bonnie went on to sign a contract with Motown Records, and this led to a brief successful solo career. Her first self-titled album produced the Disco classic "Heaven Must Have Sent You". The album was produced by Jeffrey Bowen and Berry Gordy. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Fire is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and originally intended for use by Elvis Presley. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Motown Records, Inc. ...


Now a duo, the remaining sisters cut back their schedules and concentrated on raising their families. As they did so, they began talking about the future of the group and what direction it should take. Unsure of what style to follow, they unanimously agreed to dispense with the 1940s nostalgia that had become their image.


They signed with producer Richard Perry's Planet label, distributed by Elektra Records. After inviting her to contribute vocals on the group's cover of Sly Stone's "Everybody Is A Star", Richard Perry convinced June Pointer to return to the group. With Perry the trio began working on an album of west coast soft rock which was released in 1978 with the title Energy. The first single, a cover version of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire" climbed to number two on the US singles charts in early 1979, and a third Allen Toussaint cover, "Happiness", also charted well. Richard Perry is one of the most successful producers in music history and over his 40 year career in music has produced albums that have resulted in album sales of over 500 million copies. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... Richard Perry is one of the most successful producers in music history and over his 40 year career in music has produced albums that have resulted in album sales of over 500 million copies. ... Richard Perry is one of the most successful producers in music history and over his 40 year career in music has produced albums that have resulted in album sales of over 500 million copies. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Fire is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and originally intended for use by Elvis Presley. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


In 1979 they released an album with a harder edged Rock sound titled Priority, and while it was not a huge commercial success, it received very positive critical reviews and further strengthened the group's reputation for being truly versatile. See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... Priority is a 1979 album released by the Pointer Sisters on the Planet Records label. ...


The height of their success

Over the next few years they achieved their greatest commercial success and continued to demonstrate their versatility. In 1980 the soulful pop single, "He's So Shy", reached number three on the charts, and the following year a slow, sultry, country and western flavoured ballad, "Slow Hand", reached number two. The follow-up, "Should I Do It" was classic girl-group. Perry switched distribution of Planet to RCA in 1982. The first release from this new union was "American Music", a patriotic themed modernised take on the girl-group sound while "I'm So Excited" was an influential frenetic dance track. All these singles were significant hits in the US and were also successful in Australia, where all but "American Music" reached the Top 20. // January 1 - The year starts off with a strong disco backlash, which causes the majority of musicians to abandon the use of real instruments in an attempt to distant themselves from anything associated with disco. ... Hes So Shy is a 1980 pop hit by the Pointer Sisters. ... Slow Hand is a country-styled pop ballad by the Pointer Sisters, released in the spring of 1981 on the Planet Records label. ... Richard Perry is one of the most successful producers in music history and over his 40 year career in music has produced albums that have resulted in album sales of over 500 million copies. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Im so Excited is a song recorded by the Pointer Sisters. ...

The Pointer Sisters on the cover of their landmark release, Break Out. Released in 1983, the album would go on to become the group's biggest seller to date.

In 1983, the Pointer Sisters released what became their biggest-selling album ever with Break Out. With the advent of MTV the sisters were able to exploit their visual style and extend their audience. In 1984 they achieved four Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles in a row. "Automatic" reached #5, "Jump (for My Love)" reached #3, a remix of "I'm So Excited" was added to the album almost a year into its shelf life and reached #9, and their single from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, "Neutron Dance", reached #6. Album cover. ... Album cover. ... Break Out is the Pointer Sisters 11th album, released in 1983 on Planet Records, later a part of RCA Records. ... Break Out is the Pointer Sisters 11th album, released in 1983 on Planet Records, later a part of RCA Records. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Automatic is a funky new wave-styled dance number by the Pointer Sisters, released off the Planet Records label, in 1984. ... Jump (For My Love) was the lead track, although not the lead single, of the Pointer Sisters 1983 album, Break Out. ... Im so Excited is a song recorded by the Pointer Sisters. ... Beverly Hills Cop (1984) is an American comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy. ... Break Out is the Pointer Sisters 11th album, released in 1983 on Planet Records, later a part of RCA Records. ...


"I Need You" had been the lead single from the album, and was a significant R&B hit, peaking at #13 on the Black Singles charts. The album's last single, "Baby Come And Get It," did well on the Black Singles charts too but missed cracking the pop Top 40 by a hair. It would be brought to life in the next millennium through its use in a television commercial. They received Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Jump (For My Love)", and Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices for "Automatic". These songs also followed "Slow Hand" into the UK Top 10, with "Automatic" peaking at number 2 behind Duran Duran's "The Reflex". The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... The Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal has been awarded since 1966. ... The Grammy Award for Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices was awarded from 1977 to 1986. ... Slow Hand is a country-styled pop ballad by the Pointer Sisters, released in the spring of 1981 on the Planet Records label. ...


These Planet singles marked the end of their run of Top 10 hits in the US, with their subsequent RCA releases "Dare Me" in 1985 (the Sisters' last Australian Top 10 hit), and "Goldmine" in 1986, reaching numbers 11 and 33 respectively. RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Dare Me is a 1985 single released by The Pointer Sisters on the RCA label. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... See also: Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 // 1986 - Goo Goo Dolls are formed in Buffalo, New York. ...


The sisters eventually left RCA Records to record for Motown and SBK, releasing several group albums and individual solo albums along the way, but these projects did not achieve the level of success they had earlier attained.


Subsequent years

In recent years they have maintained a lower public profile but have continued to perform. They entertained US troops in the Persian Gulf in 1991 with Bob Hope. In 1994 they were honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and began touring with a production of the Fats Waller-based musical Ain't Misbehavin'. In 1995 Pointer Sisters recorded "Feel For The Physical" as a duet with Thomas Anders (of Modern Talking fame) for his album Souled. They were also one of the featured acts at the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. In 2004, June Pointer had to leave due to health problems; she was replaced by Ruth's daughter, Issa, and the group continues to perform. They made a 2005 holiday recording Christmas In New York, featured on YMC Records' Smooth & Soulful Christmas Collection, which peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard AC Charts. The sisters were inducted to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005. Map of the Persian Gulf. ... Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... Fats Waller (born Thomas Wright Waller on May 21, 1904, died December 15, 1943) was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer and comedic entertainer. ... Aint Misbehavin is a song by Harry Brooks with Fats Waller and lyricist Andy Razaf, dating from 1929. ... Thomas Anders (born Bernd Weidung, 1 March 1963, in Münstermaifeld, Germany) is a German singer, composer and record producer. ... Modern Talking was a German pop music duo consisting of composer/producer/background singer Dieter Bohlen and singer Thomas Anders. ... Souled is the title of the sixth studio album by singer-songwriter and producer Thomas Anders. ... The 1996 Summer h Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was organized to honor what they term the Greatest Vocal Groups in the World. The Hall of Fame is headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. ...


In recent years many Pointer Sisters songs were covered by contemporary artists, such as "Jump (for My Love)" by Girls Aloud, which reached number 2 at the UK singles chart in 2003, "Dare Me" was turned into the dance smash "Stupidisco" by Belgian DJ Junior Jack, indie band Le Tigre covered in 2004 "I'm So Excited" on their third album This Island, and French DJ Muttonheads sampled "Back In My Arms" on his 2005 club hit "I'll Be There". Most recently in 2007, Tommy Boy recording artist Ultra Naté has released a dance-pop cover of "Automatic" that reached #1 at the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts. In 2005, "Pinball Number Count" was re-edited for Coldcut's Ninja Tune label, becoming a surprise dance hit. The same song has also been remixed by Venetian Snares of the Planet Mu record label. Girls Aloud are a British girl group created by ITV1 talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. ... Vito Lucente, better known as Junior Jack, is a house music producer and DJ, born in Italy, but resident in Belgium since his teen years. ... Le Tigre (album) Le Tigre (shirt) Le Tigre is a feminist electro post-punk band formed in 1998 by Kathleen Hanna. ... This Island is the third album from feminist electro-punk trio Le Tigre. ... Dance Recording Artist Ultra Naté Ultra Naté (born November 2, 1968 in Havre de Grace, near Baltimore, Maryland as Ultra Naté Wyche) is a popular American house music and sometimes Dance-pop musician who has achieved a respectable amount of success on the dance charts with singles such as Is... Ninja Tune is a London-based independent record label started in 1991 by DJs Matt Black and Jonathan More, better known as Coldcut, with a strong leaning towards Electronic, abstract hip-hop, instrumental hip hop, Nu-Jazz, drum and bass, and chillout music. ...


The band is currently experiencing a successful revival in Europe due to their performance at the annual Night of the Proms, a highly successful series of concerts combining pop and classical music, taking place in the Benelux, France and Germany. The group received the highest audience ratings of all participating Night of the Proms acts in 2002. In addition, their collaboration with Belgian pop star Natalia on "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves," placed them on the charts in Europe (the single peaked at #2 in the Belgian charts) and resulted in ten sold out dates in Antwerp in January 2006 with the "Natalia Meets The Pointer Sister" concerts, selling out 130.000 tickets for the 10 date concert run. Natalia Druyts (born on December 3, 1980 in Westerlo, Belgium), best known by her stage name Natalia, was the first runner-up of the first season of Idool 2003, the Belgian version of Pop Idol, in which she lost to Peter Everard who got 50. ... Sisters Are Doin It For Themselves is a cover of the original Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin song by Natalia & The Pointer Sisters. ...


On June 7th, 2006, Anita guest-starred on Celebrity Duets singing with Olympic gymnast Carly Patterson on "I'm So Excited". Celebrity Duets, a U.S. reality television show of the progressive game-show type, combined celebrities of different backgrounds with professional singers in a weekly elimination competition. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... Carly Rae Patterson (born February 4, 1988 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) was an American gymnast (the 2004 Olympic All-Around Champion) and is currently an aspiring professional singer. ...


Tragedy and Controversy

In 2001, the sisters lost their beloved mother Sarah, two years later in 2003, sister Anita, lost her only child Jada to cancer. On April 11, 2006, June Pointer died of lung cancer at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California. According to an official family statement she was surrounded by her sisters Ruth and Anita as well as brothers Aaron and Fritz at the time of her passing. Later in 2006, sister Bonnie appeared on Entertainment Tonight saying the other sisters had not fulfilled the burial wishes for June, instead having her cremated because it was cheaper. Bonnie also stated the sisters had not let her ride in the family car at the funeral. Anita and Ruth responded that Bonnie had demanded to be let back in the group and that June had left no instructions for her burial. The sisters seemed estranged from Bonnie until she joined Anita Pointer on the Idol Radio Show in 2007. That archive is still available at www.IdolRadioShow.com is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Discography

For a detailed listing of albums and singles, see Pointer Sisters discography The Pointer Sisters on the cover of their landmark 1983 album, Break Out. ...


US, UK and Australian Top 40 singles

The following singles reached the Top 40 of either the United States pop singles chart, the United States R&B singles chart, the United Kingdom pop singles chart, or the Australian ARIA charts.

Year Song title Billboard Pop Top 40 Cash Box Pop Top 40 Billboard R&B Top 40 UK Top 40 Aus Top 40 Album
1973 "Yes We Can Can" 11 10 12 - - The Pointer Sisters
1974 "Wang Dang Doodle" - - 24 - - The Pointer Sisters
1974 "Fairytale" 13 19 - - 30 That's a Plenty
1975 "How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side)" 20 17 1 - - Steppin'
1975 "Going Down Slowly" - - 16 - - Steppin'
1976 "You Gotta Believe" - - 14 - - The Best Of The Pointer Sisters
1978 "Fire" 2 2 14 34 7 Energy
1979 "Happiness" 30 28 20 - - Energy
1980 "He's So Shy" 3 3 10 - 11 Special Things
1980 "Could I Be Dreaming" - - 22 - - Special Things
1981 "Slow Hand" 2 2 7 10 5 Black & White
1982 "Should I Do It" 13 16 - - 16 Black & White
1982 "American Music" 16 15 24 - - So Excited!
1982 "I'm So Excited" 30 33 - - 9 So Excited!
1983 "I Need You" - - 13 251 - Break Out
1984 "Automatic" 5 8 2 2 15 Break Out
1984 "Jump (For My Love)" 3 6 3 6 8 Break Out
1984 "I'm So Excited" (Remix) 9 10 - 11 - Break Out
1984 "Neutron Dance" 6 10 13 31 4 Break Out
1985 "Baby Come And Get It" - - 24 - 29 Break Out
1985 "Dare Me" 11 12 6 17 10 Contact
1985 "Freedom" - - 25 - - Contact
1986 "Goldmine" 33 31 17 - - Hot Together
1988 "He Turned Me Out" - - 39 - - Serious Slammin'
1990 "Friends' Advice (Don't Take It)" - - 36 - - Right Rhythm
  • 1The song did not chart on its original UK 1983 issue but was reissued in 1984 after Automatic and Jump (for my love) became top 10 hits.

The Billboard Pop chart is compiled with points awarded for both sales and airplay whereas the Cash Box chart reflected sales only. // January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones plans to tour Asia. ... Yes We Can Can is a 1973 funk classic recorded by the American R&B girl group Pointer Sisters and released on the Blue Thumb record label. ... The Pointer Sisters is the self-titled debut from the Pointer Sisters, released in 1973 on the Blue Thumb record label. ... // January - The Ramones form. ... Wang Dang Doodle written by Willie Dixon in 1977 for Howling Wolf at Chess Records in Chicago. ... The Pointer Sisters is the self-titled debut from the Pointer Sisters, released in 1973 on the Blue Thumb record label. ... // January - The Ramones form. ... Fairytale is a 1974 single released by the Pointer Sisters. ... Thats a Plenty was the second album released by Oakland family girl group the Pointer Sisters in 1974 on the Blue Thumb record label. ... // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side) is a funk classic released by American family girl group the Pointer Sisters, released as a single in 1975. ... Steppin is a 1975 album released by the Pointer Sisters on the Blue Thumb label. ... // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... Steppin is a 1975 album released by the Pointer Sisters on the Blue Thumb label. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Fire is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and originally intended for use by Elvis Presley. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... // January 1 - The year starts off with a strong disco backlash, which causes the majority of musicians to abandon the use of real instruments in an attempt to distant themselves from anything associated with disco. ... Hes So Shy is a 1980 pop hit by the Pointer Sisters. ... Special Things is a 1980 album released by the Pointer Sisters on the Planet Records label. ... // January 1 - The year starts off with a strong disco backlash, which causes the majority of musicians to abandon the use of real instruments in an attempt to distant themselves from anything associated with disco. ... Special Things is a 1980 album released by the Pointer Sisters on the Planet Records label. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 list of years in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14 - Billy Idol leaves the band Generation... Slow Hand is a country-styled pop ballad by the Pointer Sisters, released in the spring of 1981 on the Planet Records label. ... Black & White is the Pointer Sisters ninth album, released in 1981 on Planet Records, later a part of RCA Records. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... Black & White is the Pointer Sisters ninth album, released in 1981 on Planet Records, later a part of RCA Records. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... So Excited! is a 1982 album released by the Pointer Sisters on the Planet Record label. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... Im so Excited is a song recorded by the Pointer Sisters. ... So Excited! is a 1982 album released by the Pointer Sisters on the Planet Record label. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... Break Out is the Pointer Sisters 11th album, released in 1983 on Planet Records, later a part of RCA Records. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... Automatic is a funky new wave-styled dance number by the Pointer Sisters, released off the Planet Records label, in 1984. ... Break Out is the Pointer Sisters 11th album, released in 1983 on Planet Records, later a part of RCA Records. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... Jump (For My Love) was the lead track, although not the lead single, of the Pointer Sisters 1983 album, Break Out. ... Break Out is the Pointer Sisters 11th album, released in 1983 on Planet Records, later a part of RCA Records. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... Im so Excited is a song recorded by the Pointer Sisters. ... Break Out is the Pointer Sisters 11th album, released in 1983 on Planet Records, later a part of RCA Records. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... Neutron Dance is a 1984 danceable R&B hit by the Pointer Sisters, from their album Break Out. ... Break Out is the Pointer Sisters 11th album, released in 1983 on Planet Records, later a part of RCA Records. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... Contact is the Pointer Sisters 12th album, released in 1985 on RCA Records. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... Dare Me is a 1985 single released by The Pointer Sisters on the RCA label. ... Contact is the Pointer Sisters 12th album, released in 1985 on RCA Records. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... Contact is the Pointer Sisters 12th album, released in 1985 on RCA Records. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 // 1986 - Goo Goo Dolls are formed in Buffalo, New York. ... Hot Together is a 1986 album recorded by the Pointer Sisters on the RCA label. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... Serious Slammin is a 1988 album released by the Pointer Sisters on the RCA label. ... See also: 1990 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1990 Record labels established in 1990 list of years in music // January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident, resulting in several broken bones. ...


US and UK Top 40 albums

  • 1973: The Pointer Sisters (#13 Pop/#3 R&B)
  • 1974: That's a Plenty (#33 R&B)
  • 1974: Live at the Opera House (#29 R&B)
  • 1975: Steppin' (#22 Pop/#3 R&B)
  • 1976: The Best of the Pointer Sisters (#33 R&B)
  • 1978: Energy (#13 Pop/#9 R&B)
  • 1980: Special Things (#34 Pop/#19 R&B)
  • 1981: Black & White (#12 Pop/#9 R&B/#21 UK)
  • 1982: So Excited! (#24 R&B)
  • 1983: Break Out (#8 Pop/#6 R&B/#9 UK)
  • 1985: Contact (#24 Pop/#11 R&B/#34 UK)
  • 1986: Hot Together (#39 R&B)
  • 1989: Jump: The Best of the Pointer Sisters (#11 UK)

The Pointer Sisters is the self-titled debut from the Pointer Sisters, released in 1973 on the Blue Thumb record label. ... Thats a Plenty was the second album released by Oakland family girl group the Pointer Sisters in 1974 on the Blue Thumb record label. ... Live at the Opera House is a live album released by the American vocal group The Pointer Sisters, released on the Blue Thumb label in 1974. ... Steppin is a 1975 album released by the Pointer Sisters on the Blue Thumb label. ... Special Things is a 1980 album released by the Pointer Sisters on the Planet Records label. ... Black & White is the Pointer Sisters ninth album, released in 1981 on Planet Records, later a part of RCA Records. ... So Excited! is a 1982 album released by the Pointer Sisters on the Planet Record label. ... Break Out is the Pointer Sisters 11th album, released in 1983 on Planet Records, later a part of RCA Records. ... Contact is the Pointer Sisters 12th album, released in 1985 on RCA Records. ... Hot Together is a 1986 album recorded by the Pointer Sisters on the RCA label. ...

See also

This is a list of number-one dance hits as recorded by Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Club Play chart — a weekly national survey of popular songs in U.S. dance clubs. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. ...

External links

  • <<Pointer Sisters>> Discography at QuasimodoBell
  • Pointer Sisters & Thomas Anders

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Pointer Sisters - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1542 words)
The Pointer Sisters are an American RandB group and recording act from Oakland, California that achieved great success during the 1970s and 1980s.
In 2004, June Pointer had to leave due to health problems; she was replaced with Ruth's daughter, Issa, and the group continues to perform.
In addition, their collaboration with Belgian pop star Natalia on "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves," placed them on the charts in Europe (the single peaked at 2 in the Belgian charts) and resulted in ten sold out concerts in Antwerp in January 2006.
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